This Easy Black Bean Turkey Chili is loaded with lively fresh flavor, and is kid friendly according to our resident expert. I would rate this chili as being medium spiciness, good flavor but won’t burn your insides! After about 15 minutes active cooking, let the chili simmer for 45 minutes more for an easy, healthy meal. Read on for details, or click here to jump down to the recipe. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nola’s Fresh Foods, and one of the recommended wine pairings was provided as a courtesy sample. As always, the opinions are entirely my own. Click here to jump ahead to learn more about the Nola’s Salsa we used for the recipe.
We had a chili breakthrough with this Black Bean Turkey Chili recipe!
Usually our 12 year old just takes his obligatory trying bites of various kinds of chili I’ve made, then seeks an alternative that he can eat. Somehow my instinct told me he might be ready to dig into some good chili–perhaps it is seeing the way he now puts away a big order of chicken curry at our local Indian restaurant. Though I had a backup option in the fridge, I didn’t mention that, and just set out a bowl of the Black Bean Turkey Chili for him, just like Mom & Dad’s.
He took a bit, “Mmm, this is pretty good.” B really started eating it eagerly when he started dipping some tortilla chips into the chili. “This is really good! You should make this again!”
Nola’s Salsa for Black Bean Turkey Chili
This fall I had a chance to attend an event featuring local food businesses based at the incubator, Commonwealth Kitchen, hosted by Sam Adams Brewery . I sampled lots of great food products at this Commonwealth Kitchen event; the super fresh salsa from Nola’s Fresh Foods is one that really stood out.
Nola’s Fresh Foods is a Boston-based company that gets its name from the hometown of company founder, Sherrie Grillon. Nola’s features fresh salsa made without any artificial ingredients, preservatives, colors, sugars or oils. You just that that fresh tomato and spice flavor coming through when you taste it.
The Nola’s team was serving up some of their award winning chili at the Commonwealth Kitchen event, and I could easily see why the tasty chili received medals. A container of Nola’s Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa is the key ingredient in Nola’s chili, and I decided to feature it in a Cooking Chat chili.
In case you missed it, I have already rolled out another great recipe featuring Nola’s Salsa, this Easy Mexican Dip. That dip or this chili would make for great eating for that big game coming up next weekend! You know that game I mean, the one I can’t mention here because I didn’t spend millions to be allowed to do so.
Making Black Bean Turkey Chili
The good folks at Nola’s aren’t keeping their chili recipe a secret; the recipe is available on their website. Nola’s chili recipe features ground beef. I often like to use ground turkey for my chili, and decided to go that way with this recipe. But I did take the Nola’s recipe as a starting point for our Black Bean Turkey Chili. The Nola’s recipe uses less tomato than I typically use, at least not counting the tomatoes in the salsa. It also calls for ketchup and small amount of mushrooms, two ideas I included in our black bean turkey chili recipe.
The most important strategy I borrowed from the Nola’s recipe is using a container of the Nola’s Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa in our recipe. Clearly this high quality, fresh salsa is key to the vibrant taste of this black bean turkey chili.
Nola’s Salsa is available at Whole Foods in MA, RI, NH and CT, and at specialty stores throughout Massachusetts. More details on their locations can be found here. If they aren’t in your territory yet, I would encourage you to seek out a high quality salsa to use for this recipe for best results. That is, while you wait for Nola’s to come to your area!
Today’s chili recipe lists the jalapeño pepper as optional. I meant to include one, but somehow the jalapeño I got must have slipped out of the cart or something. A chili pepper certainly seems warranted in a chili recipe, but it does have plenty of flavor without it. Go for the 2 full teaspoons chili powder if you aren’t adding a jalapeño.
I like to use fresh garlic for my chili, but you can go with the garlic powder option if you want to expedite things further.
Looking for another turkey chili recipe idea? Give our Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Avocado a try!
Pairings for Black Bean Turkey Chili
You know we like wine here with most of our recipes, but we tested the black bean turkey chili with beer. Seemed like the thing to do for chili and football in mind. An IPA is generally a good option for spicy food, and we went with the Fresh Tracks from Harpoon–another local New England product (guess who I’m rooting for in that game I can’t mention!). Fresh Tracks is their spring ale, one seasonal ale I don’t mind seeing hit the shelves early! This beer has nice bright hoppy flavor with a touch of citrus, and is refreshing with the chili.
But fear not, wine lovers. We have had a chance to sample the black bean turkey chili with some good wine pairings too!
We hit upon a great wine pairing for this black bean turkey chili the other night. I’ve tended to go with red wine with chili, but wanted to get some ideas about what to serve with this. Martin’s ENOYFYLZ article on wine pairings for chili mentions a number of red and white wines to try with chili. I took note of his suggestion “don’t forget about rosé.”
Martin’s comment reminded me that the bottle of 2016 Pure Loire Rosé D’Anjou (12% ABV) that I had on hand mentions that it is good with spicy food. I don’t naturally think of rosé for spicy food, but decided to give it a try! This wine was provided as a free sample for the French Winophiles February event.
The Pure Loire Rosé turned out to be an excellent pairing for the black bean turkey chili! Salmon hue in the glass, I get melon on the nose. Taste of strawberry fruit, bit of kiwi, with moderate acidity. Refreshing along with the chili! Medium body with nice mouthfeel. I will definitely be getting more of this rosé to try with other spicy foods. It is only available at Total Wine in the US.
This Easy Black Bean Turkey Chili is a go-to recipe in our house, so I recently had the chance to try it with another wine pairing. In fact, we had two bottles of Alsace wine as part of the #AlsaceRocks event with the French Winophiles group.
The Domaine Pfister Gewurztraminer ($30, 13.5% ABV) might have been the winner with a spicier chili. But for the moderate spice levels in this recipe, the Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace ($20, 12.5% ABV) was my preferred pairing. I got apple blossoms on nose, light mouthfeel, gentle bubbles. Apple fruit with hazelnut notes. The bubbles and clean fruit cleansed the palate, getting us ready for our next bite of chili. Give it a try next time you make this Easy Black Bean Turkey Chili and let us know how you like it!Print
Easy Black Bean Turkey Chili
Turkey and black beans simmer with fresh salsa and spices for an quick, tasty and healthy meal.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 55 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Yield: 6 servings
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Tex Mex
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion
- 5 crimini mushrooms, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
- 1 jalapeño pepper (optional), seeded and flesh chopped
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 14 1/2 ozs diced tomatoes
- 1.5 to 2 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 14 1/2 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 16 ozs Nola’s Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa
- ⅓ cup ketchup
- 8 ozs low sodium chicken broth
- optional toppings: shredded cheese and/or sour cream
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onion, sauté for a few minutes until it begins to soften. Stir in the mushrooms, followed by the garlic and jalapeño pepper, if using.
- Gradually add the ground turkey to the pot, breaking it up with a heavy spoon as you go. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the turkey begins turning white.
- Stir in the tomatoes, chili powder and soy sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the black beans, salsa, ketchup and chicken broth to the pot. Stir to combine. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve the chili in bowls with optional toppings, if desired, and enjoy!
- Look for other high quality salsa with roasted corn and black beans if you can’t find Nola’s.
- The ketchup and soy sauce add some good flavor but you can reduce the amount if you want to lower the sodium content.
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